Our Business Partners
Companies make a significant contribution to our mission every year - and 2019 was no exception. The year saw companies across the spectrum help fund our programmes, lend us their expertise and donate their products and services.
Income from companies totalled €2.8 million across the whole of 2019 - representing a slight year-on-year fall of three per cent. Yet the year still saw new companies sign up to support our work and existing supporters deepen their involvement in our mission.
We were very happy to retain ASN Bank as our main corporate partner in 2019 - a structural long-term relationship that has had a great impact on the work we do for children affected by war.
Our new children’s clothing partner Vingino launched a limited edition fundraising campaign on our behalf over the course of the year. 48percent.org - an organization aimed at facilitating equality through acces to communication - helped fund the roll-out of our flagship programme Can’t Wait to Learn.
Other companies who supported us over the course of the year included Air Miles, Buy Aid, TommyCares (part of Tommy Hilfiger Europe), Tintelingen, Inner Wheel and Rituals Cosmetics Enterprise. And our Business Friend, Maza Mediterranean Delicacies further pledged their support to our mission by becoming the main partner of the War Child Christmas Dinner campaign.
We received goods and services worth €0.9 million over the course of the year - thanks to the success of our corporate partner network. This constitutes a decline of over 26 per cent compared with 2018 - but is still 19 per cent above budgeted income. In-kind gifts were generously donated by loyal sponsors including Albus Hotel, Buren, Cisco, Crown van Gelder, Damen Drukkers, Koninklijke Van der Most, Loyens & Loeff, PeopleWare and Wittebrug Lease.
Corporate Partnerships around Europe
The year also saw us develop our corporate partnerships within other territories in Europe. Efforts by our team of volunteer fundraisers in Switzerland were once again met with much success. This was largely thanks to two fundraising galas - in Zurich and Geneva respectively - which contributed enormously to our programmes and boosted visibility in an interesting market.
War Child Sweden received continued financial backing from automotive giant Scania and leading sports organisation Friskis & Svettis - a significant contribution to the development of our two key programmes for refugee children - as well as support from leading trust and corporate management conglomerate Intertrust.
In March 2019 War Child opened its doors in Germany. This helped attract a number of new corporate partners including local festival organisers FKP Scorpio, technology giant Apple and modern workspace leaders Dropbox – who supported us through in-kind donations, volunteering and more.